The Internet has made it extremely easy to distribute information to millions of people, including fraudulent business deals and email scams. Fraud and scams are lurking all over the Internet, waiting for innocent victims who will pay or give out their personal details for what they think might be a legitimate business deal. Being aware of what's true and what's not plays a large part in being a responsible citizen of the cyber world.
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How to spot a website that sells a scam?
There are many fake websites which are like the real thing. For example websites of some of the most reputed banks are also being scammed.
It is not only banks that these scammers use they also use some of the most reputed company names such as Microsoft and Nokia.
Here are some of the characteristics of a website that sells a scam.
- The website has lots of advertisements and slogans saying that you can get rich in a matter of months.
- The website itself is very impressive.
- The pay is very high as much as USD 150 a day. We all know that getting paid so much a day is not possible.
- The testimonials are very convincing. The testimonials sometimes are the only thing that stops the victim from suspecting a scam. They think if some else has done it, so can they.
- Even though Google search results show that the web site that is selling a work at home job is free, when you get to the page, read all the enticing facts at the bottom of the page it says that you have to pay a small amount as membership or a joining fee.
- If they say it 'Risk free' you should check out the website further and research on it.
- There are pictures of people being paid by cheque. The cheque number and the amount are very clear. Sites that are genuine will never risk showing you a cheque of other people's earnings. This is a warning sign of a scam.
- If you write to the site requesting for further information about the product, they will never send you a reply. Scam sites have very poor customer service skills.
- The address and contact details of the website are either a PO Box number or the telephone number is a mobile number.
- A site that overly emphasises their services and boasts that they are good.
- Websites that talk about scams should never be trusted. After all if they are a genuine website why touch on grim issues such as scams.
- Websites that sell high prices electronic equipment for a fraction of the cost is selling fakes and the site is very likely to be a scam site.
- At the end of the page check the 'privacy' and 'disclaimer' page. You should be able to ask questions and get an answer for it.
Spotting a scam is the best way to really avoid a scam. Therefore keep your eyes and ears open to what is going on around you or you may find yourself in a trap or situation that you will not be able to get out of.